Article: Face of Co Kerry woman jailed for grooming and having sex with teenage boy

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  • Tahoe

    This is the first image of the convicted child groomer who confessed to her Jehovah’s Witness congregation that she groomed a boy from the age of 14 before having sex with him two years later.

    Perverted Pamela Lonergan, who went on to work in childcare settings and as a carer in the community, admitted four counts of defilement of a child under the age of 17.

    The offences occurred at locations in Kerry and Cork in 2008 and 2009.

    Appearing before Cork Circuit Court earlier this month, Lonergan of Treanmanagh, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry, received a one year jail sentence for the offences.

    Speaking afterwards, one local said the community had been stunned to learn of Lonergan’s abuse.

    He said another neighbour had met Lonergan on the road the week before the trial and she had told him she was moving up to Cork for a while.

    Obviously she thought her name wasn’t going to be disclosed in the media,” he said.

    “If the victim hadn’t waived his anonymity to allow this happen, she’ have come back here when she got out and we’d have been none the wiser.”

    Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard Lonergan was 26 when she first started initiating contact with the minor, having met him in a social setting. When the victim first met Ms Lonergan, who is now 43, the relationship was “platonic” but “intense”.

    The court head that the boy was often texted by Ms Lonergan when he was in school, leading him to become tired in class.

    Det Sgt Kevin Long said Ms Lonergan was fully aware the boy was a minor when she groomed him. The boy was a virgin when they had sex when he was 16.

    The defilement continued from that point.

    Sexual relations only concluded when the man was 18 and moved to another continent.

    Ms Lonergan told her religious congregation, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, of what had occurred and expressed remorse for her behaviour. She also apologised to the victim.

    The expressions of contrition took place before there was ever a complaint made to gardai by the injured party.

    The man reported the matter to gardai when he was in his late twenties.

    Ms Lonergan was subsequently arrested for questioning about the suspected defilement of a child. She pleaded guilty to all four charges.

    In his victim impact statement, the man said: “She entered my life as my family home was being torn apart. I was extremely vulnerable and lonely and even though Pamela’s messages felt unusual, the attention was appealing.

    “She told me she wanted to be the person I had my first sexual experience with. It was early in the morning after an all-night phone conversation.”

    The teenager had hoped to go to university, however, the abusive relationship took its toll, and he finished school at 16.

    He said even when he moved to another continent for a fresh start, Lonergan arrived there to be with him, leading him back to “this caustic environment”.

  • Atlantis


    Thank you! Pretty shocking news!


  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    the sort of thing most 16 year old lads only ever dream of.

  • Sea Breeze
    Sea Breeze

    You are a sick man Stan. No wonder you used to be an elder.

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    SB--youre right about the first sentence.

  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    @ Sea Breeze

    What happened to the other crusaderette against the watchtower ? Not seen her on here lately.

    Did you pull her hair out ?

  • Reasonfirst

    This is a complex situation and it's even more complicated when you examine the applicable laws in different nations.

    For example, the age of consent in Australia is 16, so I think it unlikely that the legal authorities would have taken any action against the woman in question. And maybe, in Australia, the 16 y.o boy would have already sex with a similarly aged girl.

    Just to illustrate, recently on a train, this conversation was overheard, a young boy, who looked about 14, was talking to a girl. He had his phone's volume turned right up. Cant say I took much notice of the conversation, until: A young girl's voice saying, "I'm gonna come over to your place this evening, and suk your dik for an hour."

    In Europe, there is hodgepodge of legal ages for sex; Refer the document referenced here:,sexual%20acts%20between%20young%20persons.

    So no matter what American christian's think, sex is a primary instinct that has a very strong influence on our bodies and minds.

    I think back to when I was young and involved in the scout movement. In the town I then lived in, a camp hut had been built. One wall had 9 bunks (in 3 tiers) built in. It was not uncommon to see a young kid in every bunk busy masturbating.

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    sick, sick,sick

  • Balaamsass2

    Even in Ireland the Elders did not inform police. The victim did so years later.

  • GrreatTeacher

    The problem is that an adult found a 14 year old sexually appealing enough to begin grooming him. Well adjusted adults don't have those attractions.

    This doesn't even allow for the Romeo and Juliet exclusions which are usually no more than 2 or 3 years difference in ages.

    This fits the profile of women pedophiles who are attracted to minors. They tend to view it as a romance and feel justified in their behavior, not viewing it as being an Offender at all. Internet rabbit hole: Mary Kay Letournou was a teacher who began grooming her student and ended up marrying him. She was jailed but doesn't seem remorseful. He eventually divorced her realizing that hs had been groomed and abused.

    And of course, a JW anecdote: an underage marriage, a very young pregnancy, and an affair between the 14 year old JW babysitter and the young mom. Disfellowshipping, divorce, and moving far away for all involved.

    Best life ever!

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